I’ve been to a conference about Taoism this year and was amazed by the wisdom we can all acquire from Taoist master Lao Tzu, author of the fundamental text ‘Tao Te Ching’.
What is taoism? Taoism is an ancient tradition of philosophy and religious belief that is deeply rooted in Chinese customs and worldview. Taoist ideas have become popular throughout the world through Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and various martial arts (source: BBC.co.uk)
Here are my favorite quotes by Lao Tzu that can help us navigate through everyday life.
Perhaps you already know some of them, let me know which ones are your favorites in the comment section below!
Lesson: We all have the answers within ourselves. Stop resisting, just be.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”
“The world belongs to those who let go.”
“When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you.”
Lesson: The only approval you need is your own.
“Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.”
Lesson: Detachment will set you free. Accept that things don’t go your way. Everything changes.
“One who desires to take the world and acts upon it, I see that it cannot be done,”
“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.If you are not afraid of dying,there is nothing you cannot achieve.If good happens, good;if bad happens, good”
Lesson: It’s the journey not the destination
“A good traveler has no fixed plansand is not intent upon arriving.”
Lesson: Gratitude will change your life
“Be content with what you have;rejoice in the way things are.When you realize there is nothing lacking,the whole world belongs to you.”
“If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”
Lesson: Change is painful but it’s necessary
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”
Lesson: Success starts with a single step
“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”